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Family back on track

Jennifer Bowman of Dawsonville got the surprise of her life as she arrived to work one day in early January.

April 21, 2010 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Junior law academies offered this summer

Every year about this time, Lt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office begins answering the question: "When can I sign my chid up for your junior law enforcement academy?"

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


System warns of crime

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is now one of more than 3,600 law enforcement agencies across the country using instant messaging to communicate with the public.

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man pleads in slayings

A Dawson County man will spend the rest of his life in prison after admitting Monday he killed his 22-year-old stepdaughter and her husband late last year.

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Lottery tickets lead to suspect

Authorities followed a trail of scratch-off lottery tickets to find the man they say is responsible for breaking into a Dawson County convenience store last week.

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Authorities foil bank robbery

A Jasper man who authorities say robbed a Marble Hill bank at gunpoint Wednesday morning was arrested a short time later following a high-speed chase and crash.

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


College closing stuns community

Students at a Catholic college in Dawsonville returned from spring break Monday to begin packing to say goodbye for the semester.

April 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


County and shelter reach agreement

After months of negotiating, the local humane society and Dawson County have reached a deal.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Daughter talks of mom’s military service as pilot

World War II is a popular subject for students at Riverview Middle School, but there's at least one wartime story they aren't reading in their history books, yet.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Plea nets man 2 life sentences

A local man admitted Monday to his role in the double homicide of a South Georgia couple along the Amicalola River in Dawson County last December.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Fatal wreck first for ’10

A Dahlonega woman was killed Saturday night when she crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle near the intersection of Hwy. 53 and Thompson Road in Dawson County.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Drum named top of academy class

For the third time in just more than a year, a Dawson County Sheriff's officer graduated at the top of the class at the Regional Police Academy in Athens.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Pichon to seek second commission term

Commissioner Gary Pichon announced last week he will seek a second term on the Dawson County Board of Commissioners.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Training goes ‘above and beyond’

With seven local firefighters certified to give the latest version of a driver and apparatus competency exam, Dawson County is only the second department in the state testing personnel at that level.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Minor to run for commission

A few years ago, Bill Minor was at the center of a battle to keep property adjoining his residential neighborhood from being zoned commercial.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


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Festival to feature grand casino event

Roll the dice for the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Friday and Saturday night during the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival features collection of muscle, racecars

The Mountain Moonshine Festival has become one of the top locales in the southeast to see hotrods.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Moonshiner’s hall of fame inducts pioneers of trade

A tribute to history and heritage will take place during the opening ceremony of the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival Oct.25 with the addition of five new inductees to the National Moonshiner's Hall of Fame.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival dedicated in memory of racing’s ‘biggest’ fan

Lifelong fan and one-time driver James Bolt "JB" Day once rode his bike all the way from South Carolina to watch a race at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta. He was 11 at the time.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Polls open Saturday for early voting

Polls are open Saturday in Dawson County for the upcoming Nov. 4 General Election.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


World War II veteran dies

One of Dawson County's most decorated World War II heroes died last week at the age of 97.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival here all weekend

It's not every day that white lightning and fast cars are harmoniously fused, except on the fourth weekend in October at the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in downtown Dawsonville.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Literacy pheasant shoot is Saturday

Organizers are hoping to gain greater exposure for a local literacy group by expanding fundraising efforts to include a European pheasant shoot on Saturday.

October 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


SPLOST approval could generate $9.6 million

If voters approve a proposed extension of the 1-cent sales tax next month, the measure could generate as much as $9.6 million for projects within downtown Dawsonville.

October 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


BBQ supports United Way

A barbecue fundraiser Saturday supports United Way for Dawson County and its many local partners.

October 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pups in the Park Dog Show is this weekend

Fun and furry festivities are planned this weekend at the inaugural Pups in the Park Dog Show.

October 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tanner receives award for legislative leadership

Rep. Kevin Tanner was recently recognized by the Brain & Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission for his leadership in passing legislation that could transfer additional funding to help those with traumatic brain injuries.

October 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Bones found at dump human

State investigators have confirmed that bones discovered in August at the Dawson County Transfer Station are human remains.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Official keeps pushing for consolidation

Commissioner Gary Pichon may have just two more months as an elected official, but that isn't stopping him from pushing for a consolidated government in Dawson County.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Business group supports SPLOST

Advance voting begins Monday for the Nov. 4 election, which includes a referendum asking voters to extend Dawson County's 1-cent sales tax.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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